Two charged with murder after fire kills 7

March 5, 2010 4:58:42 AM PST
Murder and arson charges have been filed against the owner and manager of a suburban Chicago apartment house where seven people were killed in a fire on Valentine's Day. Cicero police said 60-year-old Lawrence Myers and 47-year-old Marion Comier were charged Thursday with seven counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson.

Both are scheduled for bond hearings Friday. Police say it's unclear if they have attorneys.

The blaze gutted the two-story, five-apartment building. A man and woman, their two children, the woman's 16-year-old twin siblings and a friend were killed.

Police Supt. Lori Lelis tells the Chicago Tribune that Myers owned the building, was having problems with the Internal Revenue Service and told Comier to "take care of the building."


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